Infrastructure & Development News The Enterprise Zone and Science Park Few can argue that this is not an exciting time for industry and business in Harlow. Geographically the town is ideally and strategically situated between the capital and Cambridge, which has been predicted to be the fastest growing City in Europe over the next decade. The area, broadly defined by the M11, has been coined the ‘London-StanstedCambridge corridor.’ Harlow itself benefits from being uniquely well located on the motorway, which gives businesses fast and reliable access to London, Cambridge and the South East England region. Similarly it boasts a well-connected transport infrastructure with rail services into London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport terminals only 20 minutes away. Some of the world’s top companies such as Pearson, GlaxoSmithKline, Pitney Bowes and Raytheon have chosen to relocate to Harlow, recognising it as a
very competitive business location in the South East. There is a catchment of 3.3 million people with a one hour journey of Harlow – a figure set to rise by 20% by 2032. There are significant cost advantages for businesses too, with Harlow offering highly competitive rental prices and land values and being the most competitive location in the South East with such close proximity to London. The development of the Harlow Enterprise Zone on London Road and Templefields including the development of the Harlow Science Park is designed to attract new businesses to the town and secure thousands of high quality new jobs for the residents of the town and surrounding areas. The benefits for existing SMEs in the region are obvious.
The first businesses have already moved into Kao Park on the Enterprise Zone and infrastructure work is now underway on the Harlow Science Park with the first building due to commence construction in spring 2017. Public Health England’s move to the town from 2021 will also significantly increase the town’s science base as well as creating additional employment and business opportunities. In addition, the proposed new junction 7a of the M11 near Gilden Way will be of great advantage to the Enterprise Zone and the Science Park and we welcome its development. Andrew Bramidge Enterprise Zone Project Director.